Special to The Sun
In the opening two games of the Bruce Gray Invitational at Deer Creek High School, the Bulldogs were in tight games.
But once the fast-break machine gets revved up, Edmond Memorial puts distance between its opponents.
In Friday’s semifinals, Deer Creek played a zone to slow the ‘Dogs, but Memorial’s defense shut out the Antlers in the second stanza and pulled away for a 59-40 triumph to advance to tonight’s championship at 8:30 against the victor of the Mustang/Putnam North contest.
“We got the lead and they (Deer Creek) were forced to come out and guard us,” Bulldog head coach Shane Cowherd said after the win over the Antlers. “In the second quarter our kids did a good job defensively. We pressed at different times and got a lot of turnovers and opportunities for us in transition.”
For nearly 10 and a half minutes, Deer Creek did not score.
“We got good play out of Caleb McCain who defensively played really well off the bench and Trey Sneed had a number of steals to help us out in the break,” Cowherd said.
Sneed led the ‘Dogs with 17 points on offense as Memorial now stands at 11-1 on the season.
MEMORIAL 78, YUKON 51 (Thursday)
The Bulldogs trailed Yukon 14-13 in the opening quarter before Travis Glover’s 3-pointer gave the ‘Dogs the lead for good that ignited a 10-0 run that bled into the second period Thursday at Deer Creek High School in the first round.
The next trip up the floor, teammate Taylor Hicks got quickly to the glass on a fast break for a bucket and then Hicks penetrated and dumped off to Joey Martinelli for a 20-14 advantage.
Sneed hit a free shot and Sneed then hit a lean-in shot off of a break to cap the 10-0 run and a 23-14 cushion. Memorial then cruised home to the dominating 78-51 triumph.
Sneed, who accumulated six of his nine total points in the second stanza, was the recipient of a long downcourt pass and converted a layup with 35 seconds to go before half for an imposing 45-25 cushion. Memorial led 45-30 at the break as Jacob Essman scored seven points; Hicks a dozen, including a pair of treys in the first quarter; Glover hit two 3s for six points; Kristian Doolittle knocked down seven points and Terril Bruner popped a 3 coming in the first half.
In the final stanza, Doolittle gave the ‘Dogs a 66-43 cushion at the 6:02 mark with a 3 at the top of the key and with just over three minutes to play in regulation, Martinelli gave Edmond Memorial its largest lead of the game at 77-49 with a jumper.
Hicks led the way with 17 points ensued by Doolittle (14), Glover (13), McCain (8, all in the third), Essman 7, Bruner 3 and Lamanuel Singleton (1).